We are committed to acting compliantly and ethically according to the standards of the law.

Guided by international principles and policies, Altria’s Human Rights Framework serves as the foundation for how we engage with all stakeholders in our value chain. The Altria Supplier Code of Conduct communicates our expectations, regulations, and standards related to non-discrimination, child labor, forced labor, freedom of association, workplace safety, bribery and environmental compliance.

Altria is also an affiliate member of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), a nonprofit industry coalition committed to supporting the rights and well-being of workers and communities worldwide affected by the global supply chain. As a member of the RBA, we agree to follow the RBA Code of Conduct which sets social, environmental and ethical industry standards and indicates our commitment to proper business conduct with our suppliers. 

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Partnering on Responsible Labor Practices with International Leaf Suppliers

Altria expects our suppliers to protect human rights in our supply chains.

Sharing Responsibility Expectations of Value Chain Partners

In addition to compliance with all applicable laws, we set the following expectations with our key partners:


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Tobacco Growers

We address ethics and compliance responsibility with our growers through our Tobacco Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Supplemental Guidelines and individual supplier contracts.

We communicated our Tobacco GAP Program Supplemental Guidelines to over 1,500 tobacco growers in 2020 through handouts and one-on-one conversations with Grower Representatives from ALCS.

We highlighted our expectations for contracted growers on topics like using registered farm labor contractors and respecting their workers’ rights to join or not join a union.

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Packaging & Product Suppliers

Our Supplier Code of Conduct clearly defines a framework for operating with integrity. We leverage a third-party auditor to carry out social compliance monitoring with our direct packaging and product materials suppliers and tobacco suppliers across the globe.

Using a risk-based approach, the audits measure compliance with our Supplier Code of Conduct in areas like child and forced labor, worker registration and compensation, workplace safety, management of employee records and environmental practices. 

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Wholesalers & Retailers

Altria Group Distribution Company provides sales and distribution services for our tobacco companies. AGDC works with wholesalers and retailers, also known as trade partners, to execute programs which help them responsibly manage their tobacco category.

Altria's tobacco operating companies' retail trade programs include elements not required by federal law designed to prevent underage access to tobacco products, such as store clerk training and access prevention signage. In addition, we've developed rigorous compliance and training systems to govern marketing material production. In some tobacco categories, we also offer financial incentives to retailers who refrain from placing any tobacco products on top of or below the front of the selling counter.

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Human Rights

Respect for people is fundamental to the way we conduct business.
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Our Approach to Conflict Minerals

Our companies work to develop and maintain business relationships with reputable suppliers that share our commitment to conduct business responsibly and in compliance with applicable laws. 
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California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

Although Altria’s companies’ operations and sourcing are largely concentrated in the U.S., we understand our actions may affect those beyond our borders. Respect for people is fundamental to the way we conduct business.